Roxani Krystalli

Roxani KrystalliProgram Manager

Working with Feinstein Since: 2013
Based in: Somerville, MA

At Feinstein, Roxani Krystalli focuses on how to better generate, synthesize, and use evidence in the humanitarian field.  Her own research focuses on patterns of violence in mass atrocities and on victim-centered transitional justice, paying particular attention to gender and other dimensions of power. Roxani has spent a decade working on issues of gender and violence in conflict areas and transitional contexts, including working with ex-combatants and victims of violence in Colombia, Guatemala, Uganda, Sudan, Mexico, Pakistan, and other areas in collaboration with international organizations and community-based groups. Her most recent project is a multi-country refugee research study, examining the moral and financial economies of forced migration, culminating in a series of publications on the Financial Journeys of Refugees.

For her work, Roxani has been recognized with the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Service at Tufts University. She is a current US Institute of Peace “Peace Scholar,” a recipient of the Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship and Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship and holds a fellowship from the Henry J. Leir Institute for Human Security. Her published work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Conversation, Open Democracy, Women Under Siege, NextBillion, and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative blog. Roxani has a BA from Harvard University and an MA from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and she is a PhD Candidate at The Fletcher School, where she is researching the politics of victimhood during transitions from violence, with a focus on the case of Colombia.

Research Interests:
  • Transitional justice
  • Gender and violence in war and transitions
  • Humanitarian evidence synthesis
  • Qualitative research in vulnerable settings
  • The politics of humanitarianism
Regional Focus:
  • Latin America
Most Recent External Publications:

News Items

Roxani Krystalli attends symposium on gender and peace processes
July 30, 2018

In July 2018, Roxani Krystalli participated in a closed symposium of researchers and practitioners who focus on gender in peace processes. Ambassador Melanne Verveer convened the symposium, “Bridging Theory and…

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Roxani Krystalli describes lessons from Victims’ Day in Colombia
April 18, 2018

Roxani Krystalli describes three lessons from Victims’ Day in Colombia in a blog post on Political Violence at a Glance on April 18, 2018. She writes: On Monday, April 9,…

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Feinstein Research Projects

The Financial Journey of Refugees
By Kim Wilson, Roxani Krystalli | October 2017

The Financial Journeys of Refugees is a study that investigates what money and financial transactions can reveal about the journeys and experiences of forced migration.

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The Humanitarian Evidence Program

The Humanitarian Evidence Program produces a series of evidence syntheses to distill humanitarian evidence and communicate it to key stakeholders in order to enable better decision-making and improve humanitarian policy and practice.

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Feinstein Publications

The Wages of War: Learning from how Syrians have adapted their livelihoods through seven years of conflict
Syrian livelihoods through conflict

In partnership with Mercy Corps, Feinstein researchers undertook this work to understand why some households are managing the devastating impacts of war better than others.

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The Financial Journey of Refugees
financial journey of refugees
By Kim Wilson, Roxani Krystalli | October 2017

This report investigates what money and financial transactions can reveal about the journeys and experiences of forced migration.

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